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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Blogging: Genius Strategies for Instant Web Content
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Biz Stone
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
ok-ish but do you really need this book?


This book is neither bad or great.
If you are new to blogging mess around, see how it works with a free blogger. If you need more you can move over to the likes of MovableType or wordpress. If you use blogger, Elizabeth Castro has a new book about a specific solution "publishing a blog with Blogger" which goes into more actual detail about getting blogger to work for you. It is better. Mess around and read lots of other blogs. This book is really worth a miss.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Red Hat Linux Bible: Fedora and Enterprise Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Christopher Negus
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
good for a beginner


I've been a Solaris admin for a while and am recently moving towards linux. The book looked fairly complete on a quick view at the book store. After owning it for a few months I find I can't find the answer to my more advanced questions in this book. So I'd say it is a good book for beginners, but not for someone that is looking for an advanced linux reference.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows With MFC
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeff Prosise
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Technical, clear and lots of know-how and practical advice


Jeff never seems to miss the point throughout his book, alwaysclarify and explain. He fantasticaly balances between the amountof wizards and hand typed code, so when you write the apps, you still feel like a programmer and not a wizard expert. I came from the Unix world and knew C and all those system stuff, whilehad limited knowledge of C++ but Java. Java gave me an intro toOO programming so it was ok to move along with the writer.Overall, this book is excellent for writing medium size apps thatperform daily tasks. I missed a little bit more on database operation and maybe windows sockets but of course, no book caninclude everything. This book is already heavy enough to sleep with. Great job !



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SQL/400 Developer's Guide
Publisher: 29th Street Press
Authors: Paul Conte, Mike Cravitz
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
SQL for the 400/iSeries Cool!


SQL the standard for data access is now presented in a AS400/iSeries user format. The differences that exist for the DB2/400 user are minor but significant enough to warrant 500 pages plus.
Conte and Cravitz flood the text with real working examples that hit homeruns with the IBM midrange user. Yet, minus the sprinkling of RPG/ILE & Cobol code any DB2 user would find the text extremely helpful.
Keep this book at the ready since it's a "quick grab" when questions come up regarding triggers, UDF's or Database Modeling and design.
The Book is a great starting point for the AS400/iSeries guru looking to open their database to the outside world. With a solid SQL footing the JDBC mountain is a much easier climb.
Conte & Cravitz keep up the great work!